It must be so terrible to have people harassing, mocking and awkwardly gawking at you on a daily basis when you're on your way to work or school. But that’s how life is for 22-year-old Jonathan Novick, who has a type of dwarfism called achondroplasia.
Things got so frustrating one day that he finally decided to do something about all the negative encounters he experienced on a daily basis.
He didn’t want to “tell anyone what to do or what to think or how to feel.” Instead, he wanted to show the world a glimpse of how it feels to be him so that others will think twice before judging someone unlike themselves.
“I wanted to stop telling people what happened to me and I wanted to start showing people what happened to me,” Novick said. “I wanted to show everyone what a day in my life was like.”
With the help of a hidden camera, he set out for a walk around the Big Apple, New York City.
The captured footage was compiled into a beautiful short documentary entitled “Don’t Look Down On Me.”
“The next time you see someone who is different than you, think about what their day might be like," he says. "Think about all the events of their life leading up to that point, and think about their day — and think about what part of their day you want to be?”
You can watch Novick’s incredible short film in the video above.